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Towson Visits First Place Georgia State Saturday on WNST

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

ON AIR: Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with Bob Neal handling the play-by-play duties and legendary Towson coach Vince Angotti providing analysist. The CAA clash can also be heard live on WNST with Spiro Morekas calling all the action.

SETTING THE STAGE: Towson returns to the road Saturday to take on a 12-win Georgia State squad that is currently tied for first in the CAA standings. The Tigers are still seeking their first victory of the season while the Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row earlier this season.

TIGHT GAMES: In recent years, the series between Towson and Georgia State has been extremely competitive. Two of the last five meetings have went into overtime and four consecutive games have been decided by single digits, including a narrow three-point win by the Panthers a year ago.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited five of its last six opponents to 66 points or less. The Tigers held No. 16 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

PASS THE ROCK: Tiger point guard Kris Walden leads all CAA freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in assists per game. Walden is averaging 3.1 dimes per contest.

LAST TIME OUT: Towson scored the first six points of the game and led for most of the first half before William & Mary rallied in the final 11 minutes to hand the Tigers a 66-49 loss Wednesday night at the Towson Center. A trio of Tigers scored in double figures, led by sophomore Marcus Damas’ 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo chipped in 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks while freshman Deon Jones netted 10 points for the second consecutive game. William & Mary’s Quinn McDowell scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and was integral during a 16-0 Tribe run which broke open a tie game late in the second half.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS: Georgia State, picked to finish 11th in the CAA in the preseason, is currently tied for first in the league with conference wins against Drexel and at VCU. The Panthers won a school-record 11 games in a row after dropping their first three of the season. Georgia State boasts the CAA’s top scoring offense at 69.8 points per game. Four Panthers average 9.8 points per game or more, led by Devonta White’s 13.1 poitns a contest.

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Towson Tries to Snap Record Streak Wednesday Against Tribe

Posted on 11 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SETTING THE STAGE: After playing three of its last four games on the road, Towson returns home Wednesday to face CAA rival William & Mary at 7 p.m. The Tigers are still looking for their first win of the season while the Tribe are looking to win two out of three for the first time all year. The Tigers have won five of their last eight meetings against the Tribe.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Tiger senior Robert Nwankwo ranks third in the CAA and 38th nationally with 2.3 blocks per game.

RELYING ON ROB: Senior Robert Nwankwo is shooting an impressive 28-for-46 (60.9 percent) from the floor in his last seven games. He is among the CAA’s leaders in scoring (10.8 ppg/24th), rebounding (7.9 rpg/5th), field goal percentage (47.3/7th) and blocks (2.3 bpg/3rd). Nwankwo has led Towson in rebounding in 12 games this season. The forward is currently fourth among active CAA players with 609 career rebounds.

LAST TIME OUT: Playing its fourth game in eight days, Towson shot just 31.0 percent from the floor in a 75-38 loss against two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion Old Dominion Saturday night in front of 7,048 fans at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Towson was burned once again by turnovers as Old Dominion turned 22 Tiger miscues into 37 points. The Monarchs shot 54.7 percent from the field due in large part to a 42-18 advantage in the paint and 18 fastbreak points. Senior Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and tied his season-high with five blocked shots. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Towson in the category for the 12th time this season. Freshman Deon Jones joined Nwankwo in double figures with 10 while classmate Kris Walden chipped in nine and handed out three assists.

SCOUTING THE TRIBE: William & Mary was picked to finish sixth in the CAA in the preseason, but is off to just a 3-13 overall start with a 1-3 mark in league games. The Tribe give up 72.4 points per game, the most in the CAA. They’ve allowed teams to shoot 46.4 percent from the field against them, a mark that also is last in the league. Freshman Marcus Thornton is the current CAA Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.3 points in three games last week for the Tribe. The guard poured in a career-high 23 points at George Mason. Quinn McDowell, who is second on W&M averaging 11.5 points per game, was Third Team All-CAA a year ago and Presason First Team All-CAA this year.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Towson has limited four of its last five opponents to 65 points or less. The Tigers held No. 23 Virginia to 57 points on Dec. 30.

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Trips to Kansas, Michigan and Visit from Oregon State Highlight Towson Hoops Schedule

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff

TOWSON RELEASES 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Tigers to Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams

TOWSON, Md. – Contests against six teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2011-12 Towson University men’s basketball schedule, it has been announced by Pat Skerry, the Tigers’ first-year coach.

The Tigers will open the 2011-12 season by participating in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After opening the season at the University of Kansas on Nov. 11, the Tigers will travel to the University of Michigan for a Nov. 14 game against the Wolverines. The Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region final last year while Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament third round.

Towson will continue play at the EA Sports Maui Invitational by facing Belmont, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament second round last year, on Nov. 19. The Tigers will play either UNC Greensboro or Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20.

The Tigers open their home schedule against Oregon State on Nov. 26. That is the start of a stretch of four of five home games. After a visit to the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 30, the Tigers open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 3, the first of two meetings against the Patriots. The two teams will also face each other at the Patriot Center on Jan. 21.

The Tigers resume their non-conference schedule by hosting La Salle on Dec. 7 and UMBC on Dec. 10 before visiting Coppin State on Dec. 14. They will finish the month of December with games against Manhattan College (Dec. 20), the University of Vermont (Dec. 23) and the University of Virginia (Dec. 30).

“As you can see, we are playing a national schedule against several of the nation’s top programs,” Skerry said. “The players want to play against the best competition much like they have during their entire basketball careers. We look forward to using these games and experiences to prepare us for a very tough CAA.”

The Tigers resume their CAA schedule on Jan. 2 by hosting Northeastern at the Towson Center in the first of two meetings between the two teams. Towson will also play Delaware, Drexel, James Madison, CAA champion Old Dominion and Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season while facing the other four CAA teams once.

In addition, the Tigers will play in an ESPN BracketBusters game on the weekend of Feb. 17-19 against an opponent to be determined.

The CAA Championship will be played Mar. 2-5 at the Richmond Coliseum with the CAA winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Schedule follows on next page

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2011-12 Towson University Men’s Basketball Schedule

November
11 at Kansas ^ Lawrence, Kan. 7 p.m.
14 at Michigan ^ Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
19 vs. Belmont ^ Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
20 vs. UNC Greensboro/Middle Tenn. St. Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
26 OREGON STATE Towson Center TBA
30 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA

December
3 GEORGE MASON * Towson Center TBA
7 LA SALLE  Towson Center 7 p.m.
10 UMBC Towson Center 7 p.m.

14 at Coppin State Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
20 MANHATTAN COLLEGE Towson Center 7 p.m.
23 VERMONT Towson Center 7 p.m.
30 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

January
2 NORTHEASTERN * Towson Center TBA
4 at Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
7 at Old Dominion * Norfolk, Va. TBA
11 WILLIAM & MARY * Towson Center TBA
14 at Georgia State * Atlanta, Ga. TBA
18 OLD DOMINION * Towson Center TBA
21 at George Mason * Fairfax, Va. TBA
23 at Delaware * Newark, Del. TBA
25 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH * Towson Center TBA
28 UNC WILMINGTON * Towson Center TBA

February
1 at Hofstra * Hempstead, N.Y. TBA
4 DREXEL * Towson Center TBA
8 at Virginia Commonwealth * Richmond, Va. TBA
11 JAMES MADISON * Towson Center TBA
17-19 at ESPN BracketBusters vs. TBA TBA TBA
22 DELAWARE * Towson Center TBA
25 at James Madison * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA

March
2-5 at CAA Tournament Richmond, Va. TBA

Home games listed in BOLD
* – Colonial Athletic Association game
^ – EA Sports Maui Invitational

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Towson’s Frank Beltre Named To Pre-Season All-CAA Team

Posted on 28 July 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Junior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) of Towson University was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Football team which was announced at the annual CAA Football Media Day which was held at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday.

Beltre, who ranked second among all CAA defensive linemen last season with 85 tackles, was the only Tiger to earn Pre-Season All-CAA honors. As a sophomore, he was named third team All-CAA. In his first season as a starter for the Tigers, he tied for second on the team with 85 tackles. He also ranked sixth in the CAA by making 12.5 tackles for lost yardage.

William & Mary, the CAA pre-season favorite, led all schools with six players named to the 30-player Pre-Season All-CAA squad. Delaware, the NCAA FCS runner-up last season, placed five student-athletes on the team while James Madison and Villanova each had four honorees.

For the sixth consecutive year, CAA Football Media Day was held in Baltimore. Coach Rob Ambrose did a number of interviews with the assembled media while senior defensive tackle Marcus Valentine (below) (Winslow Township H.S./Sicklerville, N.J.) and Beltre were also interviewed.

“We’re very happy that Frank was named to the Pre-Season All-CAA team,” said Coach Rob Ambrose, who will be starting his third season as the Tigers’ coach. “He is one of those guys who loves to play football and he works hard at it. We are expecting big things from Frank this season.”

Coach Ambrose told the media, “For the first time since we came back to Towson, we are talking about wins. Two years ago, our focus was changing attitudes and working hard. Last year, we worked to close the gap and we did that.

“Now, we can talk about winning some games,” he added. “There is so much momentum around this program right now. We have a lot of people who believe in us and they are excited. One of the most amazing things about last season was our attendance at home. We averaged more than 7,000 fans per home game – and we had only one win. So, we know there are a lot of people behind us and they are rooting for us.”

The Tigers, who have eight starters returning on offense and defense, will open their 43rd season of college football on Sept. 3 when they host Morgan State University at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

At CAA Media Day, the CAA also announced its schedule of televised games for the 2011 season. The CAA has the most watched FCS Television Package in the nation as 28 games are scheduled to be aired this season.

Of the 28 games, 19 will be televised by the Comcast Sports Group.

On October 29, Comcast will visit Unitas Stadium to televise the Towson-Delaware football game at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson Officially Introduces Skerry as Coach

Posted on 05 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Tigers’ Sports Information Department…

Pat Skerry Named as Tigers’ Head Coach

TOWSON, Md. – University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Pat Skerry has been named as the head men’s basketball coach at Towson University, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and President Robert L. Caret announced today.

“This is an exciting time for Towson University,” Waddell said. “We welcome Pat, his wife Kristen, and their sons Ryan and Owen to the Tiger Family and the Baltimore community.

“Pat is a coach that brings with him a wealth of experience as a former head coach and assistant coach, having worked with great mentors throughout his career,” Waddell added. “He is recognized nationally as a top recruiter and his contacts will open doors to recruits up and down the talent-rich East Coast. We look forward to seeing his physical and tough brand of basketball at Towson.”

A 19-year coaching veteran, Skerry has spent time building his resume of success at nine different schools: Pittsburgh 2010-11, Providence 2008-10, Rhode Island 2005-08, College of Charleston 2003-05, William & Mary 2000-03, Northeastern 1998-2000, Curry College (Mass.) 1996-98, Stonehill College (Mass.) 1995-96 and his alma mater, Tufts 1992-95.

Last season, Skerry helped Pittsburgh to the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship with an overall mark of 28-6. During his tenure at Pitt, he once again helped refill the talent pool for the Panthers as they added one of the Top 15 recruiting classes in the country according to ESPN.com, including two of the Top 60 incoming players.

“I want to thank Mike Waddell, President Caret and the entire search committee for all of the time and effort they put in during this process,” said Skerry. “It is the energy they displayed during the search and the commitment from the University that will show through as we develop our championship mentality. When Tiger Arena opens in just two short years, it will be a night of celebration for everyone in Baltimore.

“Our Tigers will represent Towson with class and dignity and show an unparalleled work ethic both on and off the court,” Skerry added. “Playing in the nation’s top non-BCS conference, we will need to work hard and play with TU toughness, both key characteristics I have learned from all the coaches I worked with during my career.”

Skerry has spent his last three years recruiting and coaching in the BIG EAST, working the two years prior to Pitt at Providence under Keno Davis.

In 2008-09, Providence advanced to the NIT with a 19-14 overall record and 10-8 Big East mark. Skerry assisted with the Friars’ 2009 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 35 in the nation by Hoop Scoop.

Before his jump to Providence, Skerry spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island working for Jim Baron. During his time at URI, Skerry gained national recognition and was named one of the top assistant coaches in the country in 2007 by Hoop Scoop. In 2008, Fox Sports.com went on to name Skerry the top mid-major assistant in the nation.

His recruiting classes at Rhode Island also captured the nation’s attention as his 2006 class was rated No. 24 in the nation by Hoop Scoop along with a No. 61 ranking for the Rams’ 2007 group.

Skerry served as an assistant for two seasons at the College of Charleston under current Marshall Coach Tom Herrion. While at Charleston, the Cougars posted a combined 38-19 record.

In addition, Skerry has a great understanding of the Colonial Athletic Association as he spent five years in the league with William & Mary (2000-03) and Northeastern University (1998-2000).

In 1996, Skerry became the second-youngest head coach in the nation at the age of 26 when he was selected to guide the Curry basketball program. During his two-year stop with the Colonels, he led Curry to its first winning season in five years.

He also spent one year as an assistant at Stonehill and three seasons as an assistant at Tufts where he helped guide the Jumbos to two ECAC Tournaments along with the school’s first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1995.

A native of Medford, Mass., Skerry played collegiately at Tufts from 1989-92 where he was a two-time team captain and garnered All-New England honors. As a point guard, he recorded a school record 650 assists during his career – a mark that still ranks as the 17th best in NCAA Division III history. His 198 assists in 1990-91 is a Tufts single-season record. He also is fifth on the school’s career steals list with 95.

Skerry earned both of his collegiate degrees from Tufts, earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1992 and his master’s degree in education in 1995.

Skerry and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Ryan and Owen.


The Pat Skerry File


Birthdate: January 21, 1970

Hometown: Medford, Mass.

Education: Bachelor of Science–Psychology, Tufts University, 1992; Master’s degree–Education, Tufts University, 1995

Family: Wife, Kristen; two sons, Ryan and Owen

Coaching Career:

Years Title School
2010-11 Assistant Coach University of Pittsburgh
2008-10 Assistant Coach Providence College
2005-08 Assistant Coach University of Rhode Island
2003-05 Assistant Coach College of Charleston
2000-03 Assistant Coach College of William & Mary
1998-2000 Assistant Coach Northeastern University
1996-98 Head Coach Curry College (Mass.)
1995-96 Assistant Coach Stonehill College (Mass.)
1992-95 Assistant Coach Tufts University

Playing Career:
Earned All-New England honors and was a two-year team captain at Tufts … set school record with 650 career assists which still ranks as the 17th best total in NCAA Division III … his 6.8 career assists per game average still ranks 10th in NCAA Division III Record Book.


What They Are Saying About Pat Skerry


Jamie Dixon, Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh
“I’ve had numerous conversations with Towson Athletic Director Mike Waddell regarding Pat Skerry and the job at Towson. During our conversations over the last few weeks, I’ve expressed how valuable Pat has been for our program and how good of a coach he’s going to be. We have been extremely fortunate to have Pat on our coaching staff for the past year. With his talent, work ethic, experience and background, Pat was a valuable addition to our staff. He is well-rounded as a coach and has assisted us in a variety of ways including recruiting, scouting and player development. In his one short year at Pitt, he made a tremendous impact. We are happy and excited for Pat and his family and we are sure that he will do a great job at Towson.”

Tom Herrion, Head Coach, Marshall University
“I am thrilled for Pat and the wonderful opportunity he has been given at Towson. I commend Mike (Waddell) and the entire Towson community on an excellent hire. There is no doubt he will infuse new life into the basketball program. I am confident he will represent Towson in a first-class manner as its head coach.”

Jim Baron, Head Coach, University of Rhode Island
“Pat is an outstanding individual and one of the hardest workers I have ever coached with. He did an outstanding job for us, both recruiting and developing players. I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Jeff Goodman, College Basketball Reporter, FOXSports.com
“I have known Pat for a long time and I am not sure you will find a more tireless worker. He has proven himself as an elite recruiter. He is a terrific leader and knows how to deal with today’s players. This is a great hire for Towson. Pat is going to raise the level of their talent pool.”

Keno Davis, Former Head Coach, Providence College
“Pat Skerry is one of the hardest working coaches in the country and I wish him all the best. I expect to see a great deal of success for Towson.”

Waddell joined Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net. Skerry will join Forrester at 8:05 Wednesday.

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Terps demolish Longwood, 106-55

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Luke Jones

***Don’t forget to head to the Audio Vault to hear from Gary Williams, Sean Mosley, Jordan Williams, and James Padgett following the win over Longwood.***

As much as fans thrive on the feel-good stories of David going against Goliath in the world of sports, 99 times out of 100 the giant ends up crushing the shepherd boy with one violent blow.

Longwood, one of only six independent schools in Division I men’s basketball, came into College Park with the dream of an upset victory over a power-conference school, but the Terps immediately crushed those hopes, pummeling the Lancers, 106-55, at the Comcast Center on Tuesday night.

Six Terrapins scored in double figures with Sean Mosley leading the way with 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting. Maryland jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game and never looked back on its way to a 51-point victory.

“I was pleased that we got off to a good start,” coach Gary Williams said about the dominating performance. “We didn’t let it get sloppy after we got a lead.”

Truthfully, the game more closely resembled a staged match-up between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals than a Division I basketball game. Every active player on the roster (Steve Goins is sidelined with a knee injury) got on the scoreboard for the Terps as they now look ahead to resuming the ACC schedule against NC State on Saturday.

It’s difficult to take much of anything away from a win over a hapless school, but the most encouraging sign may have been the play of Mosley. The sophomore had averaged only 7.6 points per game in five contests after suffering a sprained ankle on Christmas, but Mosley showed an improved shooting touch Tuesday night, hitting several perimeter shots. The Baltimore native has been putting in extra time on his shooting, working out in the Comcast Center late Sunday night, to regain the improved touch he displayed earlier in the season.

“I didn’t realize I was 8-for-8 tonight,” Mosley said about his performance. “That’s what happens when things are going your way and your shots are falling. I think I did a great job by getting open and guys getting down the court.”

In addition to Mosley’s improved shooting, freshman forward James Padgett brought a stronger presence in the paint, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds against the smaller Longwood forwards. Fellow freshman Jordan Williams continued to show why he’s the most dominant player in the Maryland frontcourt by scoring 13 points and securing 10 rebounds. Unlike Williams, Padgett has struggled to find minutes in the first three ACC games but took advantage of his 20 minutes on Tuesday night.

“Hopefully [Padgett] can do the same things when we go against bigger teams,” Gary Williams said about the reserve big man. “We need him to step up now.”

The win against Longwood does little for the Terrapins other than to build momentum for the final 13 games of the regular season, all ACC games. The mood around the team is upbeat after the convincing win at Boston College on Saturday and a strong start to the three-game homestand against the Lancers (with NC State and Miami next up).

There will be no more gimmes as the Terps have finished the non-conference schedule and will likely need to finish no worse than 9-7 in the ACC to give themselves a realistic chance for the NCAA tournament.

“I think we did a good job,” Jordan Williams said. “We didn’t care who they were. We wanted to play hard, and I think we did tonight.”

– Maryland reached the 100-point mark for the first time since a 101-50 victory over UMKC on Dec. 13, 2006. The 51-point win tied the largest margin of victory in the history of Comcast Center (also against UMKC).

The 106 points was the most scored by a Maryland team since a 111-85 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 18, 2005.

– Landon Milbourne grabbed the 400th rebound of his career and had a strong start in Tuesday’s win. The senior forward scored 11 of the team’s first 25 points and did not miss a shot until 7:20 remaining in the first half. Milbourne had 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

– Jordan Williams posted his second double-double of the season (the first against Villanova) with 13 points and 10 boards.

– Maryland had six players score in double figures: Mosley (21), Milbourne (19), Williams (13), Eric Hayes (10), Greivis Vasquez (10), and Padgett (10).

It’s the first time six players have scored in double figures for the Terps since Nov. 21, 2008.

– The Terps scored a season-high 68 points in the paint as they effectively ran the half-court offense and got to the basket in transition.

– All 11 Terps who played against Longwood scored at least one point.

– The Terps outrebounded the Lancers, 52-35, marking the fifth time in six games Maryland has won the rebounding battle.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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9:56 p.m. — This one is FINALLY over. The Terps win a laugher, beating Longwood by a score of 106-55.

Back in a bit with the post-game wrap.

9:54 p.m. — Levent drains his first free throw, and every Terp has got on the scoreboard in this one. Doesn’t happen very often, so it’s great to see the end of the bench get some love.

9:53 p.m. — Got to run something for Levent in the final minute here. He’s the only Terp not to score in this one.

9:52 p.m. — The fans chanting for Ersin Levent, as Pearman scores and is fouled. Good for him.

105-53 with 1:28 remaining.

9:50 p.m. — Padgett throws one away trying to get it inside to Gregory. The freshman has had a strong night, but you know his coach doesn’t want to see carelessness with the basketball.

9:47 p.m. — A THUNDEROUS dunk by Gregory off the Bowie miss. That one will give the Terps a season-high 100 points in this one.

As mentioned earlier, the previous mark came against Winston-Salem State.

9:45 p.m. — With two free throws, Mosley now has a game-high 21 points. Very strong night for the Baltimore native.

And the eruption from the crowd signals the entry of Levent and Pearman into the game. Nice to see those two get the last 4:35 to play in this one.

9:43 p.m. — It’s been a very quiet night for Vasquez, but he’s just scored five points on the last two possessions. A one-hander in the lane followed by a triple gives the senior 10 points for the game.

The Terps now have an astonishing six players in double figures.

And on that note, I think we’ve seen the last of Vasquez, Hayes, and Milbourne for the night as they’re replaced by Jordan Williams, Tucker, and Bowie.

9:39 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with Maryland ahead, 88-48.

You would have to think Gary Williams will be pulling his starters very shortly. No need to risk a freak injury as the team gets back into the ACC schedule against NC State on Saturday evening.

9:37 p.m. — Maryland has looked a little sloppy over the last few minutes as the Lancers have cut the lead to 38 points. Hard to keep your focus with a 40-plus point lead.

Padgett scores inside to give him 10 points and to get the lead back to 40.

9:32 p.m. — Milbourne drains a pair of free throws, giving him 18 points for the game despite four personal fouls.

9:29 p.m. — With Maryland at the 82-point mark with 11:26 remaining in the game, it’s safe to assume the Terps will eclipse the previous season high of 98 points scored against Winston-Salem State on December 22.

For those wondering, the school record for points scored in a game is 138 against Morgan State in the fall of 1994. I’m guessing Joe Smith had his fair share of those.

9:26 p.m. — We’ve reached another official timeout with Maryland holding on to a 43-point lead.

In all seriousness, you have to feel for Mike Gillian and his Longwood kids. Not only do they face the prospect of having no chance at making the tournament as an independent, but it cannot be easy to go up against high-profile schools and get thoroughly embarrassed.

9:23 p.m. — Tucker with the acrobatic layup. This one’s little more than a scrimmage against the junior varsity at this point. And I think I’m being kind in saying that.

78-37, Terps lead with 13:02 remaining. Maryland has outscored Longwood in the second half, 21-7.

9:19 p.m. — Gregory with the thunderous dunk off the Bowie miss. That one brings the relaxed crowd to its feet in a hurry!

9:17 p.m. — We’ve reached the first media timeout of the half with Maryland leading the Lancers, 71-34.

9:14 p.m. — Jordan Williams just owning the paint tonight. The freshman now has 12 points.

9:13 p.m. — Maryland is on a 10-2 run to begin the second half and now leads by 35. This just isn’t fair.

9:10 p.m. — The second half is underway, and if you’re still watching this one, you’re a HUGE Terps fan or just really bored.

Either way, I’m glad you’re still with me if you’re reading.

9:07 p.m. — Three questions for the second half:

1. Will the Terps break the 100-point mark?

2. How many minutes will Ersin Levent and David Pearman see?

3. Will Glenn Clark sneak out to go watch his man-crush Andy Roddick in the Australasian Open?

9:00 p.m. — Check out the first half stats right here.

8:58 p.m. — Two area youth teams are playing a quick scrimmage on the Comcast floor as I type. Rumors are floating around that the winner will take on the Lancers in the second half.

I hear Longwood is getting seven points against the yellow team.

8:52 p.m. — Off the in-bounds pass, Bowie is wide-open for the layup. That was embarrassingly easy.

However, Ian Persaud scores on the layup in the final two seconds. That’s not something you want to see to close out the half.

We’ve reached halftime, and this one has gone exactly as we though it would. Maryland leads the Lancers, 57-30.

8:50 p.m. — And as I just complimented the freshman, a pass goes right through his hands. Ugh.

Mosley finds the cutting Hayes who draws the foul on the floor. The Terps are now in the double bonus with one minute to play. Hayes drains them both.

8:47 p.m. — Padgett gets the ball inside and draws the foul. Yes, it’s a terrible opponent, but it’s nice to see Padgett play with aggression, something missing from his game since the early stages of the season.

The frosh makes the second free throw to give the Terps a 27-point lead.

8:45 p.m. — I think we’ve seen every possible combination of Maryland’s nine-man rotation in the first half.

I’d say it’s a safe bet we’ll see David Pearman and Ersin Levent in the second half.

8:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with Maryland simply dominating the Lancers. It’s 50-24 with 3:46 remaining.

I’m definitely keeping an eye on Georgia Tech-Clemson. Tech holds a three-point lead with eight minutes to play. The Yellow Jackets are playing very good basketball. Just imagine if they had a better backcourt.

8:40 p.m. — Mosley with an easy take to the basket, giving him 10 points on the night.

Following some good defense by Gregory in the low post, Mosley buries a three for the Terps to give them a 25-point lead. The sophomore form Baltimore has shot well against lesser competition this year, but it’d be nice to see that same perimeter game against the tougher opponents of the ACC.

We shall see, I suppose.

8:36 p.m. — Milbourne is having a brilliant game with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. The undersized forward just thrives against smaller teams.

The Terps are shooting 62 percent from the field.

8:34 p.m. — Bowie forces the steal, leading to a made jumper by Mosley. Bowie has definitely played better on the defensive end in recent games, as it seems the junior is good for a couple steals every game.

Milbourne hits a three, but the Maryland native Swecker hits one of his own for the Lancers.

We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps comfortably ahead, 44-23, with 7:10 remaining.

8:31 p.m. — Padgett with a very nice block, but Tucker throws it away trying to force a pass into the paint. That won’t make Gary Williams very happy.

It was interesting to see Padgett and Williams on the floor at the same time before Williams picked up his second foul, earning him a trip to the bench.

8:28 p.m. — Padgett has checked into the game, and the frosh scores inside. While tonight’s game is shaping up to be a laugher, it’s a huge opportunity for Padgett to earn some more minutes.

Following a Tucker missed three, Padgett grabs the offensive board and scores…plus one!

We’ve reached the second media timeout with Maryland cruising to a 36-15 lead with 10:19 remaining in the first half. The Terps are currently on pace to score over 140 points. Might be a record.

8:24 p.m. — Antwan Carter gets the ball inside and takes it to the hole. The Lancers have broken double digits.

Following another Tucker basket, the Lancers’ Martiz Washington scores.

Definitely a very quick pace to this one with the Terps clearly coming up on the positive end.

8:21 p.m. — Bowie, Tucker, and Dino Gregory have checked into the game for the Terps. It’s fair to say all three have struggled this season, so you’d love to see them build some confidence against an inferior opponent tonight.

Milbourne hits another mid-range jumper, and Maryland leads, 25-6.

8:19 p.m. — Milbourne drains the baseline jumper, and the Lancers cannot buy a bucket.

A moment later, Milbourne is fouled on the off-balanced jumper. Count it, and the foul. The senior hits the freebie to complete the three-point play.

8:15 p.m. — Despite the strong start by the Terps, Vasquez is struggling early. The senior is 0-for-4 already by my count.

It’s 18-5 less than four minutes into the game.

8:13 p.m. — Vasquez with a nice cut to the basket but misses the layup. However, the Terps grab the offensive board and Williams finishes with the powerful, two-handed dunk!

Maryland up on the Lancers, 12-3, already. The Terps are just overwhelming the Lancers, as expected. They’re having serious problems against the press and have turned it over a few times already.

8:11 p.m. — Smith is called for the foul trying to fight for the offensive rebound against Mosley. I imagine we’ll see a lot of that tonight.

Vasquez misses his second inside attempt, but Jordan Williams grabs the offensive board and puts it in.

8:09 p.m. — The Terps control the opening tip, and Hayes draws an early foul on Swecker. With Maryland winning the rebounding battle against Wake and Boston College in the last two games, there’s no excuse not to do it again tonight.

Hayes drains both, and it’s 2-0, Terps.

8:06 p.m. — Maryland will sport the home whites this evening while the Lancers will wear their road blues.

We’re almost set for tip-off.

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8:03 p.m. — It’s worth noting that Longwood has three players from the state of Maryland. Robinson (Columbia) and Swecker (Manchester) are in the starting lineup, and reserve Ian Persaud hails from Landover.

7:56 p.m. — It’s easy to see the spring semester has not started yet as you could count the number of students sitting in the “Wall” without any problem.

Classes resume next Monday, but hopefully the students will return in full force for Saturday’s game against NC State.

7:52 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Longwood
G E.J. Dawson
G Aaron Mitchell
G Kevin Swecker
F Dana Smith
F Billy Robinson Jr.

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

7:39 p.m. — Taking a look at the Lancers’ projected starting lineup, their tallest starter is Billy Robinson Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward (Columbia, Md.).

With all due respect to Gillian’s squad, as Longwood goes through pregame lay-up drills, it more closely resembles a high school team in terms of size. As Comcast Morning Show host Drew Forrester would say, “That’s not a low blow, just a fact.”

And speaking of being small, the crowd at Comcast more closely resembles a high school one less than 30 minutes away from tip-off. I think I can hear individual conversations going on as we speak.

7:30 p.m. — Greetings from the Comcast Center as the Terps (11-5, 2-1) take a brief respite from conference play to host the independent Longwood Lancers (4-14).

Maryland is fresh off its 73-57 road win against Boston College on Saturday afternoon and will resume the ACC schedule with a home contest against NC State on Saturday evening. Tonight’s game will mark the last non-conference contest for the Terps as they’ll finish the regular season with 13-straight conference games.

Greivis Vasquez led the way with 17 points on Saturday as the Terps controlled the tempo from the get-go while reserves Adrian Bowie (15 points) and Cliff Tucker (14 points) turned in strong performances off the bench.

I’m not going to pretend to hype this game as anymore than what it is—a non-conference game against an independent team that can only dream of making the NCAA Tournament. However, Longwood is clearly treating this game as its “Big Dance” while the Terps are looking ahead to their meeting with the Wolfpack on Saturday and the rest of the ACC schedule.

The Lancers have lost notable games to Virginia (85-72), Navy (79-76), Old Dominion (98-59), and William & Mary (84-65) as coach Mike Gillian is clearly desperate to secure any victory against a notable school in hopes of enticing a conference to expand and offer an invitation. Longwood is one of only six independent schools in Division I basketball.

John Feinstein wrote an interesting article about Gillian’s uphill battle to build an independent program following a narrow 81-80 loss to Navy last December. While highly unlikely, a miracle win over the Terps could just be the signature win the school needs to persuade a conference to open its arms and give the Lancers a real opportunity to eventually earn a trip to the tournament.

And for Maryland, tonight is solely about staying healthy and getting some quality minutes for a young player such as James Padgett. The freshman big man played only four minutes against Boston College as coach Gary Williams has cited the need for Padgett to earn his minutes by producing when he gets opportunities. He should get that chance tonight and needs to capitalize to earn more minutes in ACC play.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Steve Buckhantz and Ron Thompson providing the call.

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Jin Soo Choi leaving Maryland

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Luke Jones

The University of Maryland has officially announced the exit of Jin Soo Choi from the university and the men’s basketball program.

Other than the obligatory reference made every telecast about Choi being the first South Korean to play Division I basketball, his leaving does not figure to dramatically affect the fate of this year’s team, as he was not a regular part of the rotation. However, it leaves only Jordan Williams, Landon Milbourne, Dino Gregory, and James Padgett in the frontcourt picture with Steve Goins’ continued health issues.

It’s doubtful that Choi would have ever developed into anything more than a depth player given his slight build and limited skill set.

While last week was certainly worse for the Terps with the decommitment of Terrence Ross and the loss to William & Mary, this certainly doesn’t boost any spirits in College Park with the ACC schedule set to begin against Florida State on Sunday.

Here’s the official release from the University of Maryland:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jin Soo Choi has announced his intention to leave the University of Maryland and pursue a basketball career in his native Korea, head coach Gary Williams said Tuesday.

 “After speaking with my family, we decided it would be best to continue my basketball career in Korea,” said Choi. “I want to thank the coaches and especially Coach Williams for giving me an opportunity to play basketball at a high level.”

 “We wish Jin Soo well in whatever he decides to pursue,” said Williams. “We appreciate the contributions he’s made to our basketball program in the past two seasons.”

In nine appearances this season, Choi was averaging 0.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 4.9 minutes per game for the Terrapins.

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William & Mary outlasts Maryland in College Park, 83-77

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Luke Jones

Maryland believes its a better team than the one that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, and on paper, it should be.

Replacing the courageous—but underwhelming—Dave Neal with a pair of talented freshmen forwards and returning a plethora of key contributors—with an added year of experience under their belts—would cause even the biggest skeptics to assume success.

The problem is the Terps have failed to demonstrate this improvement in any opportunity they’ve received in the young 2009-10 season. With a chance to build a tournament résumé against the likes of Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, Maryland instead returned to College Park with only a win over Division II Chaminade and disappointing losses to Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

And with an opportunity to upset Villanova in what was essentially a home game at the Verizon Center, the Terps allowed the Wildcats to hit 11 3-pointers in the first half and never recovered in a 95-86 defeat.

So with a chance—on its home floor—to earn a quality win over a formidable CAA opponent in William & Mary, the Terps again came out flat and uninspired in a 83-77 defeat to the Tribe. While this loss doesn’t have the same embarrassment as losses to mid-majors Ohio, American, and Morgan State in recent years, the sting of another missed opportunity could hurt even more in March.

If the Terps truly are a better team than they were last season, they sure aren’t acting like it.

Maryland shot an abysmal 4-for-25 from 3-point range, settling for perimeter shots against the zone instead of attacking the paint. The Terps knew they couldn’t shoot the ball as well as the Tribe, but they fell into the trap anyway.

“If you’re a good shooter, you should make shots,” said senior Eric Hayes, who went 2-for-9 from beyond the arc in the loss. “I was pretty disappointed with my shot tonight.”

Defensively, the Terps allowed William & Mary to make six of 13 threes in the first half and fell behind by nine at the break. They adjusted in the second half by focusing on the perimeter defense but, in the process, allowed the Tribe to back-cut to the basket over and over.

William & Mary may not be the better team overall (though the argument can clearly be made that they are), but the Terps weren’t nearly as good playing the Tribe’s brand of basketball. Every time Maryland tried to make a run, the Tribe answered or the Terps failed to convert a golden opportunity, such as Greivis Vasquez’s missed three-point attempt with 10:03 remaining that would have shaved the lead to four points.

And when the Terps’ press finally began forcing turnovers and creating easy buckets, a 16-point deficit was too much to overcome in the final five minutes. Too little, too late.

“They did a great job,” Gary Williams said. “They’re a very tough team in that they don’t miss much that goes on in the game and they did a great job.”

Now 12 games into the season and less than two weeks away from ACC play, the only identity created by the Terrapins is an inability to start quickly—and enthusiastically—against quality opponents. With only UNC Greensboro and Longwood remaining on the non-conference schedule, it’s becoming abundantly clear the Terps will have their work cut out for them in the ACC if they want to return to the NCAA tournament.

An 8-8 or 9-7 conference mark is highly unlikely to impress anyone on the selection committee when your best non-conference win is over Indiana—the same school that finished 6-25 last year and recently lost to Loyola.

Simply put, it’s gut-check time for this team to figure out—and rectify—why it starts so slowly against tougher opponents. Otherwise, the same problems against Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and William & Mary will continue to plague the Terps—and their tournament chances—against Duke, North Carolina, and Clemson.

“As a leader, I have to prepare this team better,” Vasquez said. “We have to get ready for these games. If we can’t get ready we’re going in the wrong direction.”

– With 19 points and 10 rebounds (a season high), Landon Milbourne earned the first double-double of his career. The senior has now scored 19 points in three of his last four games.

– Hayes extended his streak with at least one 3-pointer to 18 consecutive games.

– Vasquez led the Terps with 26 points with Milbourne adding 19 and Sean Mosley scoring 12. The Terps have had at least three players score in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.

– Maryland turned it over only eight times, the fewest number of turnovers it’s committed in a game all season.

– Check out the live blog below and the final stats right here.

9:34 p.m. — Back in a little with the post-game wrap.

9:32 p.m. — After the Vasquez fould, McDowell goes to the line and makes a pair. He has 28 points in the game for the Tribe.

Following a couple misses, Milbourne gets the layup, but that’ll be all she wrote.

William & Mary comes into College Park and knocks off the Terps.

Final score: William & Mary 83, Maryland 77

9:31 p.m. — Maryland is 4-for-23 from beyond the arc. They simply needed to make more shots against the zone and couldn’t do it.

Vasquez drives inside, drawing the foul and one! He makes the free throw to cut the lead to six points, but only 15.6 seconds remain after the foul.

9:28 p.m. — I credit the Terps for not mailing it in after falling behind by 16 points late in the second half, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.

The Tribe leads 80-67 with 44.2 to go.

9:27 p.m. — Maryland trails 76-67 with 54.5 seconds remaining. Sumner goes to the line and nails a pair.

9:26 p.m. — Milbourne misses both free throws, absolutely killing what bleak hope the Terps had.

9:25 p.m. — McDowell MISSES the open layup, but the loose ball goes out of bounds. The officials give it to William & Mary, and the Comcast crowd is quite audible in its thoughts on the decision.

Following a Tribe miss, the Terps push it up the floor, and Milbourne is fouled but cannot finish the layup. That would have been HUGE.

9:22 p.m. — Vasquez gets the steal in the full-court press and gets it to Milbourne for the one-handed slam! The lead is down to 9 points with 2:17 remaining.

Still not looking good for the Terps, but stranger things have happened.

9:20 p.m. — McDowell answers on the other end with a jumper to push the lead back to 13. As has been the case all night, the Tribe has an answer to every Maryland run.

9:19 p.m. — A 35-second violation will turn it back over to the Terps with three minutes remaining, and a 15-point deficit. Milbourne scores inside, and a quick turnover leads to a foul and a trip to the line for Milbourne.

9:17 p.m. — With the Terps trailing by 15 with 3:16 remaining, you have to go back to the 10-minute mark when Vasquez missed a three with the Terps trailing by only seven (astutely pointed out by Glenn Clark right beside me). The Comcast crowd was alive, and the shot would have cut the deficit to four. Since that point, it’s been all William & Mary.

9:15 p.m. — Hayes hits a triple, but the Terps still trail by 13 with four minutes left. A very difficult proposition considering Maryland is not a good outside-shooting team.

9:14 p.m. — Schneider misses the three, and the Tribe nearly gets the offensive rebound before Gregory grabs it. A perfect example of the Terps’ struggles on the glass. They just do not attack the ball nearly as well as they need to to overcome their size deficiencies.

It’s now a 16-point game after Schneider scores. 4:40 remaining.

9:11 p.m. — Kitts with another two-handed slam gives William & Mary a 16-point lead with 6:31 to go. Maryland takes its final timeout, and this one is not looking good AT ALL.

9:10 p.m. — Brown goes to the line for the 1-and-1 and hits a pair, giving the Tribe a 14-point lead. With seven minutes to go, the Terps need that run right about now if they’re going to pull off the comeback.

Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end.

9:09 p.m. — Jordan Williams goes to the line and makes the first but misses the second. Maryland really needs a couple stops on the defensive end. Every time the Terps appear ready to go on a run, the Tribe answers.

As I type that, Kitts finishes off a slam.

9:05 p.m. — Schneider hits the jumper. You HAVE to be impressed with how the Tribe can shoot the basketball.

We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout, as William & Mary holds a 62-51 advantage over the Terrapins.

9:04 p.m. — Vasquez is fouled going to the basket, and he appeared to be grabbing his left foot a little bit. It’s clear the Terps want to play a transition game, but it’s looked more out of control than anything.

Vasquez does hit them both to bring the Terps’ deficit to nine.

9:03 p.m. — The Tribe beats the press, leading to McDowell being hammered by Williams on the layup attempt. McDowell makes them both to put William & Mary back up by 11 points.

You have to give the Tribe credit for answering when it looked like Maryland was getting ready to go on a run.

9:02 p.m. — Vasquez misses the shot, and Milbourne cannot hit from point-blank range. HAVE to finish that shot.

9:00 p.m. — Vasquez takes it inside strong and scores, as the crowd explodes, trying to give the Terps a lift. Maryland then sets up the press, but Hayes is whistled for the foul.

Following the miss on the other end, Vasquez cannot hit the three off the dribble. He was feeling it, but it’s tough to take that one so early in the shot clock.

8:59 p.m. — Hayes is beaten on the backdoor cut by McDowell for the bucket. Cannot let that happen.

Williams scores on the other end for the Terps to make it a nine-point game.

8:58 p.m. — The fight for the loose ball is won by the Tribe who calls for the timeout.

8:57 p.m. — Williams scores on the second-chance opportunity, and he’s fouled! Big-time play by the frosh on a badly-needed bucket. He hits the free throw, but the Terps are whistled for a lane violation, wiping it out.

8:55 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-12 media timeout with Maryland trailing William & Mary, 54-43 with 11:57 remaining.

8:54 p.m. — Vasquez hits the bucket with a hand in his face, and the Comcast crowd comes to life.

Hess scores inside after being left free in the paint.

8:52 p.m. — Tucker just tried to fit the ball into a closed window to Milbourne, but luckily the Tribe knocks it out of bounds. He needs to score on that transition or at least draw the foul.

Maryland takes another timeout and only has one remaining with 12:57 to go.

8:50 p.m. — Hess makes one of two freebies, and the lead is pushed back to 12 points.

Vasquez is fouled on the short jumper and will go to the line for two. He misses the first but makes the second. The Terps have very little margin for error at this point.

8:48 p.m. — Mosley dribbles toward the basket and scores. The Terps immediately take the 30-second timeout to set the defense. It appears they’ll come out in the full-court press.

The Tribe beats it pretty easily, but Schneider misses the three.

8:46 p.m. — Vasquez misses an open look for three. The Terps just don’t have the ability to challenge the three with the perimeter shot. They need to get to the middle of the zone and attack inside.

On the other end, McDowell scores inside and is fouled by Gregory. McDowell completes the three-point play, and the lead is now 13. Ugh.

8:44 p.m. — We’ve reached the first official timeout of the second half, and Maryland trails William & Mary, 48-38.

8:42 p.m. — Hayes continues to be ice-cold from the outside, and McCurdy just hit one with a hand right in his face. Wow.

On the other end, Mosley misses the three but hustles for the offensive board and finishes at the hoop.

8:40 p.m. — Milbourne with a tough bucket inside, and Maryland switches to zone on the other end. It will be interesting to see how well the Terps can guard the perimeter shot.

8:38 p.m. — McDowell hits a three-ball, and the Terps turn it over on the other end. Despite good defense from Vasquez, Sumner scores inside on a tough shot.

Timeout, Maryland. William & Mary leads by 11 points with 17:58 to go.

8:37 p.m. — Miscommunication on the switch leads to Kitts driving the lane for the dunk, but he’s fouled by Mosley to prevent the bucket. The forward misses the first but cans the second attempt.

On the other end, Mosley gets into the lane and scores, cutting the lead to six.

8:34 p.m. — Maryland gets the first possession of the second half, and Milbourne gets the ball in the paint and scores. THAT’S what the Terps need to do against this defense.

8:30 p.m. — The teams are back out on the floor, and we’ll commence the second half in two minutes.

8:28 p.m. — Considering Maryland has the size advantage over the Tribe, it’s inexcusable to only have eight points in the paint at the half (William & Mary has 12). Maryland’s half-court offense is playing right into William & Mary’s hands, as the Terps will not win a perimeter game with the sharp-shooting Tribe.

8:22 p.m. — William & Mary is shooting a blistering 59 percent from the field to 35 percent for the Terps. Maryland has just not been able to figure out the Tribe zone and is settle for far too many low-percentage shots.

8:20 p.m. — Check out the halftime stats right here.

8:18 p.m. — Kitts takes it to the basket and beats Williams off the dribble to score in the final seconds.

We’ve reached the end of the first half with William & Mary leading the Terrapins, 39-30.

I would not want to be in that Maryland locker room, as I’m sure Gary Williams is going to give the Terps an EARFUL.

8:16 p.m. — Williams cannot hit the close-range shot, but Mosley is there for the offensive board and he’s fouled and will go to the line for two. Very nice hustle play that Maryland desperately needed.

Mosley drains the first, and William & Mary calls for a 30-second timeout.

8:15 p.m. — Vasquez commits the travel, and the Terps continue to struggle in the half-court offense, settling for far too many jumpers.

Following a missed three-pointer, Sumner grabs an offensive board and Milbourne fouls him. Gary Williams is VERY upset with that sequence, and Gregory is in the game for Milbourne.

Sumner hits one of two for the Tribe, giving them a nine-point advantage.

8:13 p.m. — Kendrix Brown goes to the line for two after the Williams foul, and he hits both of them, giving William & Mary an eight-point lead. Maryland REALLY needs some points.

Following the offensive rebound, Vasquez hits a badly-needed three for Maryland.

However, McDowell hits a triple of his own on the other end.

8:11 p.m. — Maryland’s just not making its shots right now, shooting only 39 percent while the Tribe is making 55 percent of its shots. Those numbers speak for themselves.

8:10 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with William & Mary leading the Terps, 31-25.

Dave Neal is here in attendance, drawing a big hand from the Comcast crowd.

8:08 p.m. — Schneider hits the three off a couple nice cuts by the Tribe, and Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end. Maryland’s just not making its shots right now.

Kitts scores on the other end to give the Tribe a six-point lead, and Gary Williams calls a timeout. He is VERY upset with his team’s defensive effort.

8:06 p.m. — Hayes misses the open three, but Jordan Williams grabs the board and is fouled. He’s really showing a lot more aggression than he did in the first few games of the season.

He makes one of two freebies, giving the Terps a one-point lead. William & Mary breaks the press again, and Kitts cleans up the missed shot and puts it in for the Tribe.

8:04 p.m. — The Terps have to make a better effort to keep an eye on Danny Sumner. The senior is 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Kitts misses the layup with Gregory defending, and the Terps get it to Mosley who takes a wild, ill-advised fadeaway that comes up short.

Gregory attempts to take the charge on Kyle Gaillard, but is whistled for the block. The Comcast crowd doesn’t like it, but Gregory was still moving to the spot when the contact occurred.

8:00 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading 23-22 over William & Mary.

7:58 p.m. — McCurdy travels, handing it back over to Maryland. The Terps are trying to press, but I’m not sure how long you can stay in it if it’s going to lead to open looks for the Tribe.

Mosley hits the fadeaway jumper, allowing the Terps to regain the lead. His improved shooting will be huge for this team if he can continue it into the ACC schedule.

7:56 p.m. — McCurdy drives to the lane and scores, and Gary Williams immediately signals for Hayes and Mosley to return to the game.

Sumner then hits a three to give the Tribe a three-point lead. There is definitely a nice contingent of fans for William & Mary in College Park tonight.

7:54 p.m. — The Terps come out of the timeout in the press, and the Tribe beats it, leading to a wide-open look for Sumner, and he cans the three. He has eight points already.

With the shot clock winding down on the other end, Vasquez cannot hit the one-handed runner.

7:51 p.m. — Good ball movement for the Tribe leads to an open three for McDowell and he connects. Maryland has allowed too many open looks from beyond the arc already, but William & Mary isn’t hitting them…yet.

We’ve reached the under-12 media timeout with the Terps leading the Tribe, 15-12, with 11:54 remaining.

7:49 p.m. — What a great sequence from Vasquez as he blocks Marcus Kitts shot and takes it the other way, delivering a behind-the-back pass to Hayes for the wide-open triple. It’s good!

On the other end, Hayes commits the foul to send McDowell to the line for two. He hits them both to make it a 13-9 Maryland lead.

7:46 p.m. — Hayes misses the wide-open three on the in-bound play. His shooting has cooled off a bit since the break for final exams.

The double team forces the Tribe to turn it over on the other end.

7:44 p.m. — We’ve reached the first official timeout with the Terps leading the Tribe, 8-7. William & Mary has had a couple open looks at threes, but have only converted one.

7:42 p.m. — Williams swats McCurdy’s shot, leading to a Vasquez layup on the other end.

However, the Tribe works it around to Sumner who hits the three ball.

7:40 p.m. — The Terps grab two offensive boards on the same possession but cannot score.

A couple possessions later, McDowell hits the jumper with Williams giving him space to shoot.

7:38 p.m. — William & Mary controls the tip, and the Terps come out playing man-to-man. The Tribe works it inside to Danny Sumner, and he has the first bucket of the game.

On the other end, Mosley gets the ball off the cut and hits the jumper. Very good sign to see the sophomore hit his first jumper after missing Sunday’s game.

7:36 p.m. — Maryland will be wearing the home whites while William & Mary will sport green with gold trim.

7:34 p.m. — We’re just about ready for tip-off. Stay right here at WNST.net throughout the evening for updates, analysis, and breaking news. And again, follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for Glenn Clark’s sharp wit and comments through the game!

7:30 p.m. — With the students still on winter break, the Comcast “Wall” is very sparse again. Completely understandable, but it’d be great to have a full student section against a difficult opponent.

7:25 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

William & Mary
G David Schneider
G Sean McCurdy
G Danny Sumner
F Quinn McDowell
F JohnMark Ludwick

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

7:15 p.m. — In addition to their struggles guarding the 3-pointer, the Terrapins’ rebounding issues dating back to last season have carried over to the early stages of this season, even with the addition of talented freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett.

The good news in that department is the Tribe’s lack of size. Projected starting forwards Quinn McDowell (6-6) and Marcus Kitts (6-9) should not provide the matchup problems in the paint against Williams and Landon Milbourne. Both players should have success inside the paint—on both ends of the court.

7:00 p.m. — Maryland will need another big effort from Greivis Vasquez who was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday. The senior led the Terps with 26 points in Sunday’s win over Florida Atlantic, his third straight game eclipsing the 20-point mark and fourth out of five games.

Vasquez has raised his scoring average over the last seven games from 7.5 to 15.9 points, silencing those questioning his desire after flirting with the NBA Draft last June. His recent surge has allowed him to regain the team lead in scoring, surpassing three other Terps in double figures. Landon Milbourne (13.7), Sean Mosley (14.3), and Eric Hayes (12.4) are the other three in double digits scoring average.

6:55 p.m. — Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) to follow Glenn Clark’s one-liners and thoughts throughout the evening.

6:50 p.m. — Greetings and an early Happy New Year from Comcast Center as we’re 40 minutes away from a significant early-season test for the Terps (8-3).

William & Mary (8-2) comes to College Park with several impressive marks on the resume including wins over VCU and Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem) and a competitive nine-point loss to Connecticut in its season opener. Tony Shaver’s Tribe is currently in the midst of its second-longest winning streak in school history, winning eight in a row after dropping the first two games of the season to UConn and Harvard (in triple overtime).

William & Mary’s biggest strength lies in its three-point shooting, first in the CAA with 11.1 3-pointers per game and a 41 percent 3-point field goal percentage. The Terps will have to guard the glass and not allow second-chance opportunities for perimeter shots, something that’s been an issue for Maryland throughout the early part of the season.

Tonight’s game gives the Terps an opportunity to improve the non-conference resume after failing to pick up any signature victories in the Maui Invitational (Cincinnati and Wisconsin) or BB&T Classic (Villanova). While a victory over William & Mary would obviously not shine as brightly as last season’s upset over Michigan State, it wouldn’t hurt in March, assuming the Tribe has a successful run in the CAA.

A major story to keep an eye on this evening is the health of sophomore guard Sean Mosley. The Baltimore native sprained his left ankle on Christmas night and did not play against Florida Atlantic. While the injury is not considered serious and Mosley is expected to play this evening, Gary Williams hopes the injury will not hinder the sophomore’s explosiveness and defensive prowess.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Chick Hernandez and Ron Thompson providing the call.

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Maryland knocks off Florida Atlantic, 72-59

Posted on 27 December 2009 by Luke Jones

In lieu of a post-game recap, here are some post-game notes following the Terps’ 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic.

– Sean Mosley sprained his ankle during practice on Christmas night, but the injury is not considered to be serious. He was dressed to play but watched the game from the Maryland bench. Williams expects Mosley to be ready for the William & Mary game on Wednesday night.

“He probably could have played some if we needed him,” Williams said.

– Williams pointed to the team’s two weaknesses and how they stood out this afternoon, referring to team rebounding and defending the three-point shot (Florida Atlantic went 8-for-19 from beyond the arc).

The Terps were outrebounded by Florida Atlantic, 49-45.

“We have to do something [about the rebounding],” Williams said. “I think that’s critical to our success as a team this season and we need to go to the ball more. We’ll address it. Hopefully we can fix it.”

Williams also discussed how he doesn’t focus on technique when it comes to rebounding, pointing to John Wooden’s philosophy that boxing out doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the ball. The head coach also quipped that maybe Wooden’s philosophy was more successful having the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton at UCLA.

Players echoed Williams’ concern in their post-game comments.

“Sometimes we just get caught watching the ball,” said forward Landon Milbourne, who had 19 points and five rebounds.

– Vasquez finished with a game-high 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and tossed five assists. It is the third game in a row the senior reached the 20-point plateau.

Williams described Vasquez’s play as “flat” at the start of the season and believed his busy summer (with the NBA Draft and not taking a break from playing) contributed to his slow start.

“I just want to continue to get better,” Vasquez said.

– Cliff Tucker and Jordan Williams were in the starting lineup, replacing Mosley and Dino Gregory respectively. Tucker earned his first start of the season, but Williams started for the first time since Gregory returned from suspension.

The head coach pointed to Gregory’s success and energy coming off the bench last season as the main reason for the change.

“That was my call,” Gary Williams said. “I just thought maybe a different look would help those guys.”

3:45 p.m. — This one’s in the books. Maryland defeats Florida Atlantic, 72-59. Check out the final stats right here.

Back soon with some post-game thoughts.

3:42 p.m. — With the Terps firmly in control, leading by 13, with just over a minute to play, they’ll begin looking ahead to Wednesday night with an interesting meeting with William & Mary. While it’s certainly a game the Terps should win, they cannot take the CAA team lightly.

3:38 p.m. — Too much Vasquez this afternoon for the Owls to overcome. Terps lead, 72-54, with 2:40 remaining. The senior now has 26 points.

3:35 p.m. — Vasquez scores inside, giving him 23 points for the game. It’s the senior’s third straight game with 20 or more points.

3:33 p.m. — Gregory with the nice block, leading to a Vasquez breakaway dunk!

Timeout, Florida Atlantic. Maryland leads with 4:35 remaining, 67-54.

3:31 p.m. — Hayes just took a shot from Baltimore (WAY behind the line!) and misses it. Taylor (back in the game after being injured earlier in the half) drains a three of his own on the other end.

3:26 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading and in control, 63-49.

3:21 p.m. — DeMonte Simpson drains the jumper for the Owls, but Milbourne hits the jumper on the other end. The senior forward now has 17 points as he and Vasquez have clearly been the stars of the day for the Terps.

Alex Tucker, however, hits the three ball for Florida Atlantic. The pace has definitely picked up over the last few minutes.

3:19 p.m. — Milbourne drains the jumper from the top of the key. The Terps then force the steal, leading to a Vasquez layup.

Jarvis wants a timeout with the Terps now leading 56-42 with 10:55 remaining.

3:15 p.m. — Vasquez drives inside, scores, and is fouled. The senior misses the freebie and the chance for the three-point play.

Florida Atlantic is still hanging around, trailing by 13 points, but the Terps are in firm control of this one.

3:13 p.m. — It’s been another quiet afternoon for James Padgett. He played four minutes in the first half and is on the floor right now with Gregory in the frontcourt.

The big man has a ton of athleticism, but he still looks lost in the flex. And now with Gregory back from the suspension, it will be tough for the freshman to find minutes when conference play begins.

3:11 p.m. — Gregory gets the steal but cannot finish the dunk with the opponent contesting the shot.

Taylor is down after the play and appears to be in pain. Looks to be a shoulder injury.

3:06 p.m. — Tucker scores, giving him 10 points in the game. Very nice seeing the junior follow up his strong performance against Winston-Salem State with a solid outing after getting the start for the injured Sean Mosley.

3:04 p.m. — The Terps play some exceptional half-court defense and force the 35-second violation.

On the other end, Milbourne sinks the jumper, and the lead is up to 18.

3:02 p.m. — With the shot clock winding down, Taylor throws up a prayer of a 3-pointer and sinks it. To say that was lucky would be putting it mildly.

3:00 p.m. — We’re ready for the start of the second half with the Terps getting the first possession and Hayes missing the 3-pointer.

A possession later, Vasquez drills the triple, giving him 15 points and growing the lead to 15.

2:52 p.m. — I mentioned earlier that the Terps were making a concerted effort to get the ball inside this afternoon, and the stats back it up. Maryland had an astonishing 32 points in the paint in the first half.

2:46 p.m. — Check out the halftime stats right here.

2:45 p.m. — Hayes drives inside and scores just seconds before the buzzer. Maryland leads Florida Atlantic at the half, 39-27.

2:43 p.m. — Florida Atlantic has gone on a nice little run to close out the half and cut the lead to 10 points with under a minute to go. That definitely won’t make Gary Williams a happy man in the locker room during the break.

2:39 p.m. — Vasquez gets the steal and scores on the layup, pushing the lead back up to 13 points. The senior is having a very strong afternoon. If it weren’t already, I think it’s now safe to say the slump is over.

Tucker scores on the jumper, giving him six points for the afternoon.

2:35 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the half with the Terps leading 33-20 over Florida Atlantic. Vasquez continues to lead the way with 10 points.

2:30 p.m. — Tucker drives inside a hits the shot in the paint. If the enigmatic junior can build upon his performance in Tuesday’s win, the Terps have a very dangerous scoring option coming off the bench.

2:28 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading 26-15. Hayes forces the turnover and feeds it to Milbourne who scores…and one!

Milbourne drains the freebie to complete the three-point play.

2:21 p.m. — Vasquez scores in the land with the one-hander, and the Terps are up by nine.

Following a block, Milbourne scores on the other end, and Maryland now has a double-digit lead. Mike Jarvis will call a timeout with 9:29 remaining. Terps lead, 24-13.

2:18 p.m. — Gregory just took out Greg Gantt with a shot that would make Ray Lewis proud. Everyone’s okay, thankfully.

Gregory’s grabs the offensive rebound off the Vasquez miss and is fouled. I’m definitely a fan of the junior forward coming off the bench.

2:15 p.m. — Vasquez misses the jumper, but Adrian Bowie grabs the offensive board and finds a wide-open Hayes for three. Money.

The Terps have built the lead to 18-13 with 12:21 remaining in the first half.

2:12 p.m. — The Terps are really making an effort to create shots inside the paint so far this afternoon. I was concerned they’d come out a bit overconfident after the strong shooting performance on Tuesday night.

Gregory has checked in for Williams and immediately announces his presence by blocking a shot inside.

2:10 p.m. — Jordan Williams goes to the line and makes one of two.

On the other end, Hughley scores and we’re tied at 11.

2:07 p.m. — Milbourne hits a very nice fadeaway jumper from the baseline. He becomes a very dangerous player when he’s hitting that shot.

Vasquez scores with the one-hander and the Terps are up, 10-7.

2:05 p.m. — Jordan Williams made a very nice cut and had an open shot underneath but could not finish. I like the move to start the freshman and have Dino Gregory come off the bench.

Taylor hits a three for the Owls, but on the other end, Tucker finishes inside off a beautiful pass from Milbourne.

Terps lead early, 6-5.

2:02 p.m. — Gantt scores off the glass to give the Owls an early lead and Hayes misses the short jumper on the other end.

Florida Atlantic’s point guard Taylor is a little guy at only 5-foot-6. Appears to be very quick though.

1:57 p.m. — In case you were ever wondering what happened to Mike Jarvis (former head coach at GW and St. John’s), he is the head coach at Florida Atlantic, taking over the program in 2008 after a five-year layoff from the coaching ranks.

1:54 p.m. — Mosley is dressed to play, but I would be surprised to see him go today. The Terps really shouldn’t have too many problems with a 5-6 team out of the Sun Belt.

1:51 p.m. — There are some interesting changes to the Terps’ starting lineup. Sean Mosley has a slightly sprained ankle and will not start. The injury is not considered to be serious, but the Terps will obviously take every precaution with the gifted Baltimore sophomore.

Jordan Williams is also in the starting lineup, replacing Dino Gregory.

Florida Atlantic
G Raymond Taylor
G Greg Gantt
G Sanchez Hughley
F Brett Royster
C Justin Davis

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Cliff Tucker
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

1:40 p.m. — After a difficult stretch in which the Terps lost three of four games, they’re now looking to win their third game in a row this afternoon and will wrap up the current homestand on Wednesday night against William & Mary.

After getting off to a very slow start, Greivis Vasquez is back on track after posting back-to-back 20-point games for the first time since early last season (Youngstown State and Vermont).

The headline from Tuesday night’s victory over Winston-Salem State was Maryland’s new-found perimeter shooting, making nine of its 12 3-pointers in the first half. The Terps are now making nearly 40 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

1:30 p.m. — Greetings from Comcast Center as the Maryland Terrapins (7-3) are set to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-6) in about 30 minutes.

With most of Baltimore focused on a certain football game taking place in western Pennsylvania, I’m in College Park to bring you updates throughout the afternoon. Today’s game can only be seen on TerpsTV (available on the Terps official site), so feel free to keep me company and provide good news from the happenings in Pittsburgh.

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Maryland-James Madison Preview: Terps trying to put nightmarish opener to rest

Posted on 11 September 2009 by Luke Jones

Even the most optimistic of Maryland fans would have to look long and hard to find any positives stemming from last Saturday night’s horrific 52-13 beating at the hands of California.

And they still wouldn’t find any.

The Terrapins (0-1) will try to put the blowout behind them, as they return to College Park for their home opener against FCS (formerly 1-AA) power James Madison (0-0).  Byrd Stadium will look a little different with the upgraded Tyser Tower housing new suites and a new press box after nearly two years of renovations.

An early encounter with a FCS school was formerly considered to be a pseudo bye week for major conference schools, but the myth vanished with Appalachian State’s upset of Michigan two years ago, and the message hit much closer to home last season when the Terps dropped a road game to Middle Tennessee State—next week’s opponent.

The Dukes are defending CAA champions and advanced to the FCS semifinals before falling to Montana a year ago.  Mickey Matthews begins his 11th year as head coach and led James Madison to the 1-AA national championship in 2004.

Ralph Friedgen’s Terps will attempt to rebound from a rough performance in all phases of the game last week, as the offensive line failed to protect quarterback Chris Turner (sacked six times), and the defense surrendered 542 yards of total offense.

Keys to the Game

1. Win the battle upfront

We knew the offensive line would suffer growing pains with only two returning starters—tackle Bruce Campbell and center Phil Costa—but the unit was destroyed by the Cal defensive line and was never allowed to really establish the strong running game after falling behind early.

Complicating the situation this week will be the absence of Campbell, sidelined with a toe injury.  The left tackle’s absence will force Paul Pinegar to move to the left side and redshirt frosh R.J. Dill to start in his place at right tackle.

Even without their best lineman, the Terps should be able to win the battle upfront, opening lanes for Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett and setting up the play-action pass.

2. Use your speed

Torrey Smith was expected to replace Darrius Heyward-Bey as the “home run hitter” of the offense, but the sophomore failed to catch a pass until late in the third quarter.  The 29-yard reception was his only grab of the game.

James Madison will not have the athletes in the secondary to cover both Smith and Adrian Cannon (five catches for 30 yards against Cal), so the Terps should attempt to go downfield more frequently than they did a week ago.

Look for offensive coordinator James Franklin to find some creative ways to get the ball in Smith’s hands early in the game to seize the early momentum.

3. Short memory for the defense

Despite last week’s drubbing, Don Brown’s unit needs to remain aggressive and not play on their heels.  Brown will bring heavy pressure to help a secondary that will be without safety Jamari McCollough (foot).

James Madison will use both junior Drew Dudzik and freshman Justin Thorpe at quarterback, so the Terps must prevent either passer from getting comfortable in the pocket.

Safety Terrell Skinner and cornerback Nolan Carroll held a “defensive players only” meeting this week to discuss last week’s embarrassing performance and make sure everyone was still on the same page.  As ugly as the defense looked against the Golden Bears, it’s still only one game, and it came against one of the best teams in the country.

4. “Out-duke” the Dukes early

Though many Terps fans are fearing the worst after last week’s disaster, Maryland has superior talent to James Madison but needs to show it early.

If the Terps can pound the ball with Scott and Meggett—mixed with some shots to Smith and Cannon—the Dukes will wilt and be unable to recover.  If Maryland comes out flat and still feeling the mental effects of last week, James Madison has enough talent to make the Friedgen faithful extremely uncomfortable.

Under Matthews, James Madison is 0-5 against FBS (1-A) schools, losing by a combined score of 203-31.  In the two schools’ only previous meeting in 1998, Maryland won 23-15.

Injury Report

Out – Louis Berman (leg), Bruce Campbell (toe), Jamari McCollough (foot), Caleb Porzel (leg), Joe Vellano (foot)

Questionable – Tony Logan (shoulder)

Prediction

There’s only one way to go after last week, right?  Keeping things in perspective, it WAS only one game, and it came against probably the toughest opponent on the schedule, on the road, and at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The Terrapins will come out hungry to show the home crowd they are a much better team than what they showed in Berkeley.

Turner throws a touchdown pass to Smith, Scott runs for two scores and over 100 yards, and Nick Ferrara hits two field goals.  The defense plays much better—albeit against a lesser opponent—and Skinner picks off a pass from one of the Madison quarterbacks to put the offense on a short field.

Madison will try to become the third FCS school to beat an ACC team this season (William & Mary beat Virginia and Richmond topped Duke last week), but the Turtles will have something to say about that.

Maryland wins, 27-13.

**Don’t forget to check out my live blog from Byrd Stadium tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. for the Maryland-James Madison game. The game can only be seen on ESPN360, so I hope you’ll join me at WNST.net as the Terps kick off their home schedule!

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